A Time to Die, Journey of 1000 Miles, The Next 1000 Miles

So Close…

So, this Friday, my last book in the Legend of Carter Gabel series will be released. Last Book. Whew, about three years ago, I didn’t think this was ever going to be an option, let alone a completion of something. I’ve met some great people thus far and can’t wait to meet a ton more.

I hope you’ll be able to share your thoughts with me as I continue in the background on another project I hope to announce in July. For now, I’m just patiently waiting for copies to go out and feedback to come in.

On an awesome note, my first reader powered through the novel on the first night she got her hands on it and left me this review.


You know how much of a cool thing reading one of these reviews is like?

To keep it short and sweet. I adore you all for reading and staying with me. This has been a most excellent adventure.

If you haven’t purchased your copy: Click Me

If you want to purchase an autographed copy: Email Me – JL.Fiction@outlook.com 


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Review Faces

As an author, my general nature is to want everybody to read my story AND simultaneously hoping no one ever does. It’s a strange dichotomy, I know, but I think I just love entertaining and hate when that falls short.

Regardless, thanks to SnapChat, I have put together a wonderful skit of some of the faces I get when seeing reviews…enjoy.

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New Release

One of my good friends has officially raced me to publishing three books and he has beat me in releasing now. Take a moment or two to look over his new cover and check into him on social media. 

Zach is a character and one of the nicest guys I’ve met on my journey. I’m glad to call him my friend. All his info is below:

Book Synopsis:

The widowed wife of a North Carolina plantation owner, Gabrielle awakens in this life with a broken heart and a sharpened spirit. Living in one of the darkest times in American history, she finds herself running a safe house for the underground railroad during the American Civil War. In order to save a life, Gabrielle must make a sacrifice that could damn her host for eternity. 

Everything’s different this time. The rules have changed, Morrigan has changed, and Arawn is more dangerous than ever. He has sent a hunter after Gabrielle and she has to use every ounce of her new powers if she is going to survive. 

Author Bio: 

Zach is a bow tie wearing, formal vest rocking, pocket watch using, sarcastic monster of a writer. Currently residing in Orlando, Florida, he spends his days working, writing and procrastinating.

Zach is the author of the Gabrielle series, a young adult fantasy with a paranormal-historical-time traveling twist (try saying that five times fast).

Zach has multiple college degrees, in the fields of criminal justice and criminology…because he wanted to catch ALL the bad guys. Now, coupled with being an author of young adult fiction he spends his days yelling at people for breaking regulatory laws. 

Book Links:

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/33539522-curiosity-and-the-sentient-s-oblation

Website: https://zachchop.com/store/checkout-book-3/

Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Curiosity-Sentients-Oblation-Gabrielle-Book-ebook/dp/B01N5TS5C4/

Author Social Media Links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Zachary-Paul-Chopchinski-772308849490741/?ref=aymt_homepage_panel

Website: http://zachchop.com

Tumblr: http://an-author-and-his-books.tumblr.com

Twitter: https://twitter.com/ZachChop

Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/9853623.Zachary_Paul_Chopchinski

Bookbub: https://www.bookbub.com/authors/zachary-paul-chopchinski 

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A Time to Live

A big thanks to Lindsay for taking the time to read AND review my sequel!

History and Mystery

A Time to Live

by Jonas Lee


Carter Gabel had to overcome a lot in the last year, and time travel as a side effect of his “genetic disease” was only the beginning. He’s lost his mother, reunited with his estranged father, crippled a city and destroyed his school. If he thought he could fade into the sunset, Carter has another thing coming.

A terrorist group known as Pirates has infiltrated his hometown to overthrow the Program designed to monitor those with potentially harmful abilities. Carter is a teenager, but he’s forced back into the mix as his grandson, David, has been put into a coma. He will have to try and stay out of sight as much as possible and work with new Eventuals along the way in order to stop the Pirates from turning Lincoln Square into a ghost town.

First I have to let y’all know that…

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The Evolution of The Cogsmith’s Daughter: From First Draft to Final Product

Source: The Evolution of The Cogsmith’s Daughter: From First Draft to Final Product

For all those writers looking to be authors, give this a look and see how a little determination can give you what you want.

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The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1) Cover Reveal

A friend of mine is approaching the birth of her first book baby. This is as close to a gender surprise most authors will experience, BUT cover reveals are sacred and I am glad to be a part of it! Please go have a look and let her know how many copies you plan on purchasing.

Author Kate M. Colby is thrilled to reveal the cover for her debut novel, The Cogsmith’s Daughter (Desertera #1). Add the novel to your “to-read” list on Goodreads today, and check back on Kate’s website, http://www.KateMColby.com, for more exciting news later this week!

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Two-hundred years ago, the steam-powered world experienced an apocalyptic flood. When the waters dried up, the survivors settled around their steamship in a wasteland they named Desertera. Believing the flood and drought were caused by a scorned goddess, the monarchs demanded execution for anyone who commits the unforgivable sin—adultery.


Today, King Archon entraps his wives in the crime of adultery, executing each boring bride to pursue his next infatuation. Most nobles overlook King Archon’s behavior, but when Lord Varick’s daughter falls victim to the king’s schemes, he vows revenge.


When Aya Cogsmith is thirteen, King Archon has her father executed for treason. Orphaned and forced to turn to prostitution for survival, Aya dreams of avenging her father’s death. When Lord Varick approaches Aya with plans for vengeance, she agrees to play the king’s seductress—even though it puts her at risk for execution.

Packed with high-society intrigue, dappled with seduction, and driven by revenge, The Cogsmith’s Daughter is a steampunk dystopian novel with the perfect mixture of conspiracy and romance.

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The 777 Challenge

Kate M. Colby has graciously tagged me in the 777 Challenge. The point of the challenge is to share seven lines from the seventh page of your current work-in-progress then tag seven writers to do the same. I’m sharing a portion of A Time to Die, the final chapter in my very first series. It’s a conversation going between the main character, Carter, and the woman filling in as his mother figure, Eva.

“What can I do to help?” I said it with the conviction of an adult, which quite literally terrified me more.

“She needs to be around kids her age, kids like her. I need people who can help her, but I don’t know where we can turn to anymore. This place makes me question if it’s really her talking to me any longer. I want to stop being afraid of my daughter, Carter.”

My mind races with where I could take them both to feel and stay safe. Every major city is out in my opinion and all that pops up is the Dakota District. They could live with Benny and his family, but then I have no clue if I will ever see them again since it would be a one way ticket.

Writers to Pick On:

Nina Soden

Shannon A. Thompson

C.L. Coffey

S.R. Carillo

Millie Ho

J.B. Salsbury (I already know she won’t do this, lol)

Erin Lyon

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Tempting the Ocean

In June, I was on vacation with my family. There is one scene I recall and thought I’d share. Sitting on the beach outside our resort with my wife, the sun was setting and the sky was ablaze with shades of the blue east to the crimson west. My daughter was on the edge of the shore racing against the waves. Tempting them by running out on the low pull and trying to outrun the salty ocean breaks back to the crest of the sand hill as they push up just far enough to send fits of nervous laughter into the air.

Likewise, I noticed a seagull in the air doing its own version of tempting the ocean. Soaring high into the sea breeze then swooping down to just a foot above the surface and the feathers of its wings scraping the water for less than a second before arching back into the sky. I couldn’t help but notice the similarity.

It wasn’t until yesterday, my mind started connecting the moments to what was happening currently. My daughter had her Freshman orientation and that scene from the Mexican beach came back to me. The joyful laughter of outrunning the ocean mixed with the tempting fate of trying to let the waves engulf her. If life is the ocean, she is indeed starting to tempt breaching the shore and diving in.

My years with her staying under my roof, under my guidance and protection are starting to fade like the light at sunset. The harsh days of adjusting to popularity and groups of new friends. The path of finding more of herself and who she is approaches each day and I feel like in the next four years, the time will breeze by. I hope I have been enough of a father to teach her how to stay true to herself when it matters and protect herself when it doesn’t.

There is a sting when I look at her growing more beautiful each day, more of an adult every day. Her mistakes make me thankful somewhere inside because it means she is still needing help, needing me. I smile beneath the pain, knowing she’ll be just fine. Her mistakes without me will help teach her how to be strong and how to overcome, I just want to make sure she’s ready for those waves when they pull her out. I’m happy with her staying on the beach for as long as I can.

Think back to moments in your childhood, adulthood. How many moments have you been on the beach, preparing to run for the ocean?

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Where is Your Copy?

If the answer is yes, does your friend, your mom, your dad, siblings, cousins, friends, frenemies, enemies and all the people in between? Amazon lets you gift these things! You can even hold them as a gift for a birthday or Christmas present. Point is, the sale is a limited time and I’d love you to save money. More than that, I’d love to see pics of you with your copy! Post it out on Instagram or Twitter with the #ATimetoReap or #ATimetoLive

The mini-sale on Kindle copies is ending soon! $.99 each!! WHAAAAAAT? Yup, for the same amount of change you can find in your car, you can enjoy a digital (eco-friendly, green) copy of both my books!

This sale ends for A Time to Reap on the 11th and A Time to Live is going to run until the 14th. So, take a dollar gamble, read a chapter or two then come back and pick up the sequel with plenty of time to spare.


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Dry July

Well, as an Indie, the only truly bad part about being your own boss is that you can’t reprimand the underlings for slacking on their job. Well, you can, but it’s basically a shouting match in front of a mirror. And let’s face it, I can’t argue with this face. Soooo, my busy body time in June left my July a slackerrific month indeed. As such, my sales greatly noticed it. In fact a sale in June and one in August bookend the hollow nothing in-between.

That’s a bad author… no biscuit for me. So, as a punishment and in hopes that there are still fans out there, I’ll be kicking off a mini-sale on Kindle copies starting this Friday morning! $.99 each!! WHAAAAAAT? Yup, for the same amount of change you can find in your car, you can enjoy a digital (eco-friendly, green) copy of both my books!

Careful though, sale ends for A Time to Reap on the 11th. Why? I don’t have a clue, Amazon would not allow me to stretch it out for a week. On the plus side, A Time to Live is going to run until the 14th. So, take a dollar gamble, read a chapter or two then come back and pick up the sequel with plenty of time to spare.